Benjamin Harrison Lester Jr. (1929 - 2016)

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Benjamin "Ben" Harrison Lester, Jr., age 87, died on Tuesday, December 21, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Appalachia, Virginia, the oldest son of Benjamin Harrison Lester, Sr. and Margaret Cress Lester. He played football for Appalachia High School Bulldogs and attended Lincoln Memorial University before enlisting in the Army during the Korean War.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Mary Alice Burton and his brother, James Edward Lester. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Evelyn Roller Lester; cherished children, Margaret Ann Lester (Russell Thomas) Jordan, Augusta; Mary Susan Lester Savage, Charlotte, NC; Benjamin Harrison (Linda) Lester, III, Grovetown; precious grandchildren, Blanche Jordan Patel, Augusta; Isadora Savage, Savannah; adored great-grandchildren, London Patel and Oliver Patel both of Augusta.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Friends and family will be received at 10:00 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 4227 Columbia Road, Martinez, GA, with the Reverend David Perkins officiating.

Ben will be fondly remembered for his great intellect and faith in God.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Hospital of Georgia, 1446 Harper Street, Augusta, GA 30912.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.arlingtonfuneral.com Arlington Burial & Cremation, 1220 George C. Wilson Dr., S-C, Augusta, GA 30909; 762-994-0311.

~~The Augusta Chronicle - December 25, 2016

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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Dec. 25, 2016
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